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Scarlett Johansson may not be saying much about her upcoming role in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," but usually-cryptic director Joss Whedon is for once more than happy to spill some secrets.

Whedon recently spoke with Nerd HQ and promised that fans would see a whole lot more of Johansson's alter ego, Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff, in the follow-up to 2012's "The Avengers." While Black Widow appears in next year's "Captain America" sequel "The Winter Soldier" -- "[S]he's great," Whedon said -- the director explained that she has yet to headline her own film, making her ripe for further exploration in "Ultron."

"Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don't have their own franchises," he said. " ... She was the most fun for me because she's not a hero, you know, and it's something that I read -- and I feel bad that I can't remember who wrote the book -- but it's in one of the books explaining, 'These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It's a different thing -- it's a different skill set -- and you don't have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.' And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I've got going on with her in the second one is killer."

And Whedon also has big plans for Black Widow's friend Hawkeye, offering this tidbit at Comic-Con this summer:

"Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye," he said. "He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it's nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys."

That should make Jeremy Renner happy, who's made it known that he wasn't thrilled with the direction his character took in "Avengers," brainwashed by Loki early on. In a recent interview, Renner said he was hopeful that the franchise could expand on his relationship with Black Widow in later films.

"[O]bviously, you can't go into too much just because there's so much story to tell, but you definitely get a sense that they're connected, and that there's something really, really important that ties them together," Renner said. "And I could try to summarize it, but it can go a lot of places. That excites me, though, that there's room for other things."

So is Renner's prediction that there will be more focus on Hawkeye and Black Widow's connection coming true? Whedon's comments would certainly suggest so. Looks like "Ultron"'s plot just got a lot more intricate. Is it 2015 yet?

[via Cinema Blend]
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